There are currently plans in place to construct a new skyscraper in the heart of the City of London, at 22 Bishopsgate. The financial borough is already home to some of the most impressive structures in the capital, including the famous 30 St Mary Axe (also known as the Gherkin), but this new skyscraper will be the tallest of them all.
One of the most unique features of the new 62-storey building will be its abundance of cycling spaces. There will be 1,500 secure places for cyclists to store their bikes, and there will be plans to minimise heavy vehicle activity around the building during the day with phased delivery schedules and an off-site delivery centre, representing London’s ongoing commitment to making the city more cyclist-friendly.
The entire skyscraper is being designed in accordance with the Delos WELL Building Standard, a newly introduced standard which focuses on the health and wellbeing of the people who use the property. In order to meet the standard, architects must consider factors such as comfort, light, and plumbing and electrical systems in order to make the building as pleasant, safe and efficient as possible for the people who live and work in it.
Construction is set to begin next year, with a scheduled completion date in 2019. This is an exciting development for the City of London and will help contribute towards more cycling in the city, helping to cut down on traffic and carbon emissions and ensuring improved safety. It will also help to cement the borough’s status as one of the world’s most important modern financial centres. As specialists in property and estate management in the City of London and the rest of the capital, we look forward with interest to seeing how this new development effects the property market in this area.